Tick Tock The Watch Is Clicking
Israel and Iran are in the headlines as the situation in Syria heats up. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a stern warning to Iran as he sees violence in Syria tied directly to Iran. Israel sees Iran as entrenching itself into the Syrian military conflict. Iran is feeding weapons and supplies to the terrorist group Hezbollah, which Israel believes will use the weaponry against it. Israel has carried out airstrikes against these supply chains while trying to stay out of the Syrian conflict, which has involved most of the Middle East end time players. Syria, Iran, Turkey, and Israel all have end time significance and Netanyahu has upped the end time ante by saying Israel will harm those who try to harm Israel.
According to the prophet Isaiah, 17:1, “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Many point to this verse to speculate when and how Damascus will be destroyed. If we study the context of the prophecy, Chapter 10 begins with prophesying judgment on Assyria and Ephraim (one of the tribes of Israel) for attacking Israel. Damascus is named as one of the Assyrian’s vassals. Damascus also is included in end time judgment accounts of Egypt, Babylon, Moab, Assyria, Ethiopia, Tyre, Philistia and others. This demonstrates the near and the far of prophesy. Some of this was fulfilled historically; other parts of it are yet to be fulfilled.
The gathering together in Syria of many of the nations involved in the Ezekiel 38 prophecy about a colossal end time battle points to important prophetic implications found in the Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 8 prophecies where two current opposing powers, Iran (Persia) and Turkey (Magog), are facing one another. Currently, Iran has control over much of Iraq and Syria. Turkey is counterbalancing that control through ISIS and pressure from its allies, including the US and European Union. For Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 8 to be fulfilled, Turkey and Iran must come into alignment. We may be seeing this playing out as these nations and their proxies face one another in Syria.
Netanyahu’s warning of Iran and the stirring of all these end times forces gathered in Syria may well be moving the prophecy clock forward. We know that Syria in general and Damascus in particular are part of an end time alignment. Isaiah 17: 7, in describing the burden of Damascus, says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” This is consistent with “Day of the Lord” prophecies throughout the ancient prophets and the Revelation speaking about all who experience this event will know that God is God, he is Lord of Lords. Yes, man will participate in these events, but the end result is the supernatural evidence and power of the one true God.
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